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VALU class takes look at industry

March 21, 2014

Safeway Packaging designer Greg Varno demonstrates how a CNC machine creates packaging to suit individual products to VALU class members during a tour of the facility on Thursday. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)

A few of the largest manufacturers in Auglaize County stole the spotlight at this month’s Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity (VALU), a class designed to enhance knowledge of the county for area leaders.

Members of the class got a glimpse inside plant facilities, and, while taking tours guided by specialists within each company, VALU members learned about the rich history of many of the businesses and their roots within the county.

Bryan Styer, with Nidec Minster Corporation, explained the origins of the company previously known as  “Minster Machine Company.”

He said the company got started in 1896 as a blacksmith shop, originally focusing on repairing farm equipment and machinery. The shop was incorporated in 1901, when it began specializing in oil well drilling.

The company has expanded and now employs 500 people in the community.

“We make large pieces of equipment, highly engineered and one at a time,” Styer said.

For the full VALU class story, see the Friday, March 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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